It’s time for a rethink on financial inclusion – new principles show how World Economic Forum
Seven out of 10 people in this Maryland Zip code are unvaccinated. Local leaders are trying to change that. WaPo. “[Zip code 21853] which includes the sleepy small town of Princess Anne in rural Somerset County, the most impoverished region of Maryland, has the lowest percentage of vaccinated residents in a community of its size in the state. Fewer than 3 out of 10 people in this majority-Black community have gotten at least one vaccine dose,… [T]he community has limited access to health care and many residents haven’t seen a doctor in years, sometimes decades, leading to mistrust of medical and science authorities.” Not a banjo to be heard….
Vaccine Refusers Risk Compassion Fatigue The Atlantic. “Bear! Bear!”
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Germany Makes Rapid Virus Tests a Key to Everyday Freedoms NYT. Meanwhile, our Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention strategy is exactly where it was in January 2020 (with the exception of improvements in ventilation).
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Myanmar: The woman who jumped to her death while fleeing police BBC. Commentary:
Art > Art for Freedom (Myanmar) pic.twitter.com/bSpagUNNC2
— Thu Thu Aung (@thuttag) August 11, 2021
Myanmar: Failed State or failed nation? Frontier Myanmar. Could be both:
— Ma Hnin Pwint (@mahninpwint) August 13, 2021
Karen Sanctuaries: Memory, Biodiversity and Political Sovereignty (podcast) New Books in Southeast Asian Studies. I like Marshall Poe’s “New Books Network” series of podcasts a lot.
Trash collectors unsung heroes during COVID restrictions Vietnam News. Remember “essential workers”? Good times.
Australia: New South Wales ‘in worst ever Covid situation’ BBC. Handy chart:
— dbRaevn (@dbRaevn) August 13, 2021
Afghan militia leaders Atta Noor, Dostum escape ‘conspiracy’ Reuters. Leaving behind:
Taliban inside General Dostum’s house. pic.twitter.com/yVj1hu3gUd
— BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary) August 14, 2021
The Return of the Taliban The New Yorker
‘We cannot just walk away’: Keir Starmer turns the pressure up on Boris to support Afghanistan government as he warns crisis ‘undermines legacy of British soldiers’ and raises terror threat as Taliban militants move within just SEVEN miles of Kabul Daily Mail. Oh, Keith.
Why Is a British Carrier Strike Group Heading to the Indo-Pacific? War on the Rocks
New Cold War
What Will Become of ISS if Russia Abandons Plans? Interesting Engineering
Police State Watch
The Most High-Profile Al Qaeda Plot Foiled After 9/11 Was an FBI Scam The Intercept. This is the one where the FBI actually got the “plotters” their boots and uniforms.
Hush-Hush Boom-Boom London Review of Books. Ian Fleming?!
Our Famously Free Press
I’d like to see people who lie about #MedicareForAll off of Twitter….
I’d like to see people who are blatantly lying about the vaccine off of @Twitter.
— Andy Slavitt 🇺🇸💉 (@ASlavitt) July 18, 2021
… but I restrain myself, because I’m not a liberal Democrat.
Evidence presented to grand jury in Durham’s Russia probe Associated Press
Imperial Collapse Watch
Will the U.S. Pass a Point of No Return? James Fallows, The Atlantic. Not Fallows, a letter from a reader.
New Zealand: The ideal spot to ride out the apocalypse? Deutsche Welle
Status Monkeys Not Boring. “Status As A Service.”
Escape from LA Yasha Levine
Small towns desperate for water in California New York Times
Sea Level Projection Tool NASA (Furzy Mouse). Interactive.
Antidote du jour (via):
(6/…) Right now, somewhere on this beautiful planet, a mother humpback whale swims gracefully with her calf.
— Alexander Verbeek 🌍 (@Alex_Verbeek) August 3, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.